Lasers Aren’t Just for Star Wars

These days if you hear someone talking about lasers, there are good odds they’re talking about Han Solo using a blaster on a stormtrooper. But at Kalil & Kress, we use lasers all the time. It’s called laser dentistry, and there isn’t a Wookie in sight.

Laser dentistry is used in combination with traditional dental treatments to reduce patient discomfort and provide more precise results. We use different lasers to reshape enamel and gum tissue, and to enhance the effectiveness of tooth whitening gel.

Cavity preparation

Laser DentistryWe frequently use dental lasers to remove decayed tooth tissue and prepare cavities for filling. Here are some of the benefits of this use of lasers:

• Less tooth sensitivity
• Quicker treatment
• No annoying drilling noise
• Preservation of more healthy tooth structure
• Less risk to the pulp at the tooth center

Sometimes, we utilize lasers to limit the amount of drilling needed. Sometimes we can eliminate the need for anesthesia. But occasionally, we can’t use lasers: when teeth already contain filings, for cavities located between the molars, to prepare a tooth for a crown or bridge.

Lasers and gums

Lasers are very effective for addressing issues with the gums.

Periodontal disease — We use lasers for root planing and scaling, the removal of bacteria and infected tissue from periodontal pockets, surgical reshaping of the gums to reduce the size and depth of periodontal pockets, and to promote reattachment of the gum to the tooth root.

Gum recontouring — We use lasers to fix gummy smiles, to create a more symmetrical gum line, and to prepare the gum line for a crown. These are some of the benefits to using lasers in gum treatment:

• Less bleeding and swelling
• Less pain
• Quicker healing
• Reduced infection risk
• Ability to work on multiple areas of the mouth in a single session
• Greater precision in tissue removal

We also use lasers in root canals, some TMJ procedures, to biopsy potential oral cancer growths, to remove benign tumors and other lesions, and to reduce cold and canker sore pain.

Is it time for your next appointment? Call us at 603-880-7004 to schedule your appointment.

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